National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Atlanta|
(Thursday, July 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, San Francisco 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - David Ross and Freddie Freeman hit solo homers
to back a solid outing from Tim Hudson, as the Atlanta Braves held off the San
Francisco Giants, 3-2, to avoid a three-game sweep.
Hudson (8-4) gave up two runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings for the Braves,
who went 4-2 on a six-game homestand. The veteran right-hander, who struck out
three and walked two, improved to 7-4 in 16 career starts against the Giants.
"I didn't feel particularly great out there, but good enough," Hudson said.
"I located when I needed to, a couple of times I battled my mechanics a little
bit but just kept them off balance with some cutters, some, changeups,
curveballs, and guys behind me made some great plays when they needed to."
Emmanuel Burriss and Buster Posey had an RBI apiece for San Francisco, which
was trying to sweep Atlanta on the road for the first time since June
Madison Bumgarner (11-6) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on three hits
over seven innings to take the hard-luck loss for the Giants, who had a five-
game winning streak snapped. Bumgarner had eight strikeouts.
"I felt like I threw the ball well," Bumgarner said. "I gave up three hits and
unfortunately three runs, a couple of homers kind of got me there, but I felt
like I threw the ball pretty good."
Each team scored a run in the second inning. Pablo Sandoval got the Giants
going with a leadoff single. With one out, Brandon Belt and Burriss hit
consecutive singles to plate Sandoval. Belt was thrown out at third on
Burriss' single. Bumgarner then flied out to keep it 1-0.
But Freeman's blast to right in the bottom half tied the game.
The Braves took the lead for good in the third. Paul Janish reached first on
Sandoval's fielding error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and raced home
on Michael Bourn's triple to left-center field.
Ross' two-out homer in the fourth made it a 3-1 contest.
Hudson retired eight straight batters before giving up a one-out single to
Burriss in the fifth. After Burriss stole second, Hudson got Bumgarner and
Gregor Blanco to ground out.
The Giants, who stranded men on first and second in the sixth and seventh,
made things interesting in the eighth. Melky Cabrera led off with a triple to
right-center field and scored on Posey's sacrifice fly. Sandoval greeted Eric
O'Flaherty with a double down the right-field line. O'Flaherty settled down
and retired the next two batters to keep it a 3-2 game.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save of the season.
The Giants have never swept the Braves at Turner Field...San Francisco, which
had nine hits, went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded
eight...Atlanta had just three hits.
07/19 16:10:06 ET